Leadership Summit

Experience two days of learning, sharing, reflecting, and networking.

2 Days • 500 of Alaska's Nonprofit Leaders • Nationally-recognized experts.
Learn. Collaborate. Network. Grow.

Join us for the Leadership Summit, the largest gathering in Alaska of nonprofit leaders. Bring your staff and your board. Unlike traditional conferences, the Leadership Summit is highly interactive, deeply engaging, and immediately applicable to your nonprofit work. We carefully select each of our national guests not only for their expertise, but for their ability to facilitate rather than just present on a topic. This means you are invited to explore a topic with them, not just have it come at you. You will also be joined by the whole Foraker team who will be ready to provide support, make connections, and highlight new Foraker tools and resources. The summit, too, is an opportunity for our Certificate and Catalyst cohorts and Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical recipients to connect. Come to the summit to learn, catch up with colleagues, meet new friends, and deepen your support network.


2017 Leadership Summit Alumni Gallery

Jeanne Bell

CEO of CompassPoint. Jeanne is a nationally recognized expert on nonprofit finance and strategy.
Akaya Windwood

President of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and known around the world for elevating the effectiveness of leadership and collaboration in the nonprofit sector.
Steve Patty

Founder of Dialogues in Action. Steve is noted for his skills in leadership development and impact evaluation.
Liz Medicine Crow

President/CEO of First Alaskans Institute. Liz is a leader in advancing policy solutions towards racial equity and reshaping the dialogue on race in Alaska.
Katie Orenstein

Founder and CEO of the OpEd Project, an organization with the mission of increasing the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world.
Richard Evans

Co-founder and President of EMCArts. His recent work emphasizes innovation and adaptive organizational change.

About the Leadership Summit

When is the next summit? 

We host the Leadership Summit every two years in the spring. The next summit will be May 2 & 3, 2019. 

Where is the summit held? 

To attract leaders from all parts of Alaska, the summit is held in Anchorage as a central location. The 2019 summit will be at the Dena'ina Center. 

How much does it cost to attend the summit?

We make every effort to keep costs low. In 2017, the summit fee was $350 for general admission or $300 for Foraker Partners. Costs may be adjusted for each summit and do not include meals, travel, or lodging.

I'm interested in helping to sponsor the summit. How can I do this?

We'd love to have you join our group of sponsors. Contact us to learn more about how you can help support the next event.

What can I learn at the summit?

Each summit has a theme to inspire and grow nonprofit leaders. You can find featured speakers from the 2017 Leadership Summit above.

In the past, we have explored topics like these with internationally recognized speakers:

Weathering the Storm: Leadership in a Time of Disaster - Gary Ostroske, retired President of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area

Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change - Peter Brinckerhoff, author of Nonprofit Stewardship: A Better Way to Lead Your Mission-Based Organization

The Power of Healthy Community - A Wellness Approach - Dr. Margaret Wheatley, respected speaker, teacher, and author of numerous books including Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time

The Power of Positive Emotions to Transform Organizations - Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik, PhD, author of Destructive Organizational Communication: Processes, Consequences, and Constructive Ways of Organizing

Understanding the Networked Nonprofit - Beth Kanter, author of Beth's Blog and expert on thinking and operating in a connected world

Why Your Story Matters - Thaler Pekar, pioneer in the field of organizational narrative and communication

It Starts with Your Elevator Speech: Making a Powerful Case for Donor Support - Tom Ahern, internationally recognized expert in donor communications

How to Communicate Like Your Favorite Nonprofit: Attract Supporters through Feelings, Not Facts - Kivi Leroux Miller, President, Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com

Playing Well Together: Collaboration, Partnerships and Mergers (Oh My!) - Judy Alnes, Executive Director, MAP for Nonprofits

Getting to What Matters: How to Evaluate and Communicate Your Impact - Steve Patty, PhD, Dialogues in Action

Crossing the Watershed: The Death of Planning and the Rise of Prototyping - Zaid Hassan, author of The Social Labs Resolution: A New Approach to Solving our Most Complex Challenges

2017 Leadership Summit Sponsors

Signature Sponsor Sustainability Sponsors
Focus Sponsors